Most animals become frightened and stressed out by fireworks because of the loud sounds. In fact, July 5th is one of the busiest days for animal shelters because many animals tend to run away. Statistics show a 30 to 60% increase in lost animals every year between the 4th of July and the 6th.
So how can you keep your pet stress-free during the holiday? You should first designate a safe space for your pets during the festivities. A quiet place inside is preferable to block out some of the sound. You can also play soft, calm music or put on the television to block out some of the noise. If you notice that your pet seems to be nervous or is pacing around you can try to distract them with a treat or two.
Most importantly make sure your pet is wearing an ID tag on their collar with updated information, just in case of an emergency. If your pet is outside during the fireworks and becomes startled, it may try to run away. It might also be a good idea (not just for the holiday) to have your animals microchipped.
Fireworks aren’t the only threat to your pet on the Fourth of July, be sure to place alcoholic drinks out of reach from your pets, especially if left unattended. Keep glow sticks away too because the substance inside can cause gastrointestinal issues if ingested.
Hopefully with these tips both you and your pet can have an enjoyable Independence Day holiday.